XAT General Knowledge Section is another important section apart from Judgment Making which makes it various from other management entrance tests. Do not ignore this section. Though this section is not comprised in determining the percentile and the cutoff in the first stage of the selection procedure, still it has importance. XLRI considers GK section for the final round of selection and some other top b schools also consider this while final selection. So a low score in this section may eliminate you from your dream B school. The score in this section is very helpful while final selection procedure.
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Firstly GK section was asked along with Essay writing when it was reintroduced in 2013.
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Time Allotment- GK Section was when asked in XAT 2013; it was combined with essay writing section with time allocation of 40 minutes for both the parts. In 2014 XAT organizing authorities combined GK with aptitude section and time allotted was 150 minutes for this whole section. No. Since then the same format is being followed. of questions asked now is 20, which means you can devote 20 minutes for this section.
Following is the analysis of good attempts in this
05 – 10 accurate – Average score
10 – 15 accurate – Good Score
15 plus accurate – Excellent
Being very vast subject Syllabus for General knowledge cannot be defined. However, there are some topics from which mostly questions are asked. These topics comprise-
Question 1) When was the planning commission constituted?
(a) 1938 (b) 1946 (c) 1947 (d) 1950
Question 2) When was Nobel Prize for economics started?
(a) 1895 (b) 1917 (c) 1947 (d) 1969
Most of the aspirants prepare intensively for QA and English but give less time to GK. Always remember, one mark in GK is equal to one mark in Quantitative Ability and one mark in English. Average time taken to solve each GK question is very less. Also, less effort is required to score better in GK and as cutoffs are generally low in GK, it helps in improving overall marks. It takes approximately 30 seconds for each GK question.
As GK is so vast, it is not possible to learn everything so pick areas according to the exam. You should concentrate on the following areas: You required to focus on these most important areas.
Questions in general awareness will be from business, economics, and politics concerned to present business environment. You should read newspapers to be aware of present affairs in these areas.
Economic Times, Business Standard, Mint, Business Week, Hindu, Business Line, etc.